Yesterday I registered our family for our 5th year of Pact Camp. This is the annual camp for transracial adoptive families that fuels and informs our life. Pact puts on an amazing program, both for kids and adults, with speakers and facilitators of amazing quality.
Pact Camp is a funny mix. Full of honest, caring people who will look you in the eye and tell you the truth about your life and the world, camp can bring out what's not working in our lives. So that's challenging. At the same time, there is so much that is deeply enjoyable and rewarding about spending days with such forthright people who care so much about our kids and our family - most of whom also love to find the bright and laughable in life. And of course there is the true beauty of spending 4 days not having to explain our family, just enjoying sharing with other families like us.
The kids are given the opportunity for lots of real conversation about their lives, along with plenty of fun and games. The kid's counselors come back year after year. They care so much about our kids and remember them from year to year - my kids glow on that first day back they see those familiar welcoming faces. I am constantly in awe of how carefully Pact manages to address the needs of both my adoptive African American child and my white biological child. Their staff really sees and provides for the whole family.
We go every year and each year camp changes who we are and how we see the world. I hope you'll join us and get to know this remarkable group of people and the support and change they bring for our families.
Oh, and yes it is in California. Believe me, it is worth the trip.
To read more about camp, read this by John Raible and Pact's official camp page here. Then, go register here.